- dental, vision and hearing — to traditional Medicare. It’s not clear if this is a response to the campaign season, or the idea that before pursuing “Medicare for All” there are changes to the traditional Medicare program that could be done.
- Health care again was a hot topic in this week’s Democratic presidential primary debate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, now viewed as the front-runner, was in the hot seat. Warren again evaded the question of how and who would pay for her preferred Medicare for All plan, and was criticized by candidates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., both of whom support more incremental changes to the health system.
- Meanwhile, the courts continue to play a key role in health policy. Federal judges in several states blocked the administration’s “public charge” rule that would make it harder for legal immigrants to obtain green cards if they or their family members use any of a long list of public programs. Federal judges also heard arguments on Medicaid work requirements. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Ohio blocked an Ohio state abortion ban, while a federal court judge in Texas blocked an Obama era rule intended to enforce anti-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:
Margot Sanger-Katz: “Tradeoffs,” a podcast hosted by Dan Gorenstein, Sayeh Nikpay, and Anupam Jena
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